Gerard Fanning is one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary Irish poetry, “an enigmatic surveyor with an appetite for the exotic cultivar”, as one reviewer has called him, a maker of taut yet limpid verse. Introduced by Gerald Dawe, Hombre: New and Selected Poems gathers the poet’s own choice of his three previous collections, together with twenty-five new poems which manage to be both spontaneous and inventive and at the same time formally-grounded, full of what another reviewer called “elegant intensity”.
‘These poems combine a tone that is intimate and urgent with a formal reticence and an absolute care and respect for language’. — Colm Tóibín, ‘Books of the Year’, The Irish Times
“Fanning’s poems… for all their quietude and hesitancy, their off-hand and often offbeat comments, their guarded privacies and sequestered emotions, sing with an elegant intensity” — Conor Kelly, Poetry Review
“The fluent and accomplished Gerard Fanning paces broad fields, an enigmatic surveyor with an appetite for the exotic cullivar” — Katherine Washburn, The Irish Times
ISBN 978 1 906614 386 paperback
216 x 140 mm, 101 pp